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ACADEMY IN FINAL

Posted on 10 May 2008  - 12:00

History repeated itself as our Academy side booked a place in Sunday's final of the Tournoi International de Football de Monthey in Switzerland.

History repeated itself as our Academy side booked a place in Sunday's final of the Tournoi International de Football de Monthey in Switzerland.

They overcame Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 in Saturday night's semi-final in Monthey with Tomas Pekhart on target - a carbon copy of the semi-final result and goalscorer from the Eurofoot Tournament back in August, which the lads went on to win.

This time Pekhart (pictured) struck from the spot after Ryan Mason was brought down by the Eintracht goalkeeper in the 55th minute of the 70-minute match.

They will now face Sporting Club de Portugal in the final of the Under-20 tournament after the Lisbon side beat Real Murcia 3-1 in the second semi-final.

Coach Alex Inglethorpe reported: "We played very well. We had lots of good play, I was pleased with how we passed the ball and we created chances. Troy Archibald-Henville hit the crossbar from a corner and Tomas Pekhart went close.

"It was goalless at half-time and we broke through after 55 minutes. Danny Rose played the ball into Ryan Mason, he dummied it for David Hutton, got it back and was brought down by the keeper. Tomas Pekhart stuck away the penalty.

"Eintracht Frankfurt came back at us but we were strong and it was a fine performance collectively.

"We're all delighted to be in the final. It's been a tough tournament with games every night but the lads have stood up to it - so far, so good."

Spurs: Button, Smith, Mtandari, Kasim, Butcher, Archibald-Henville, Fraser-Allen (Hutton, 36), Livermore, Pekhart, Rose (Martin, 65), Obika (Mason, 50).

Sunday's final is played over 80 minutes, kicking off at 5pm local time.